Ski courses to help combat anxiety seem to be in short supply. I’ve had some thoughts about this on practical ways you can help increase your self confidence. If you take it a small bite at a time!
When you ski, sometimes be aware of your core and where it’s headed. *
The level of anxiety felt by skiers is a function of many influences, and one of them is how near to yourself are you looking? How far beyond your ski tips is your focus of attention?
I think it’s a two-way thing. If our perceptions of our situation make us anxious, then we tend to focus our eyes nearer and nearer to our ski tips. At the same time, the nearer to our ski tips we look, the less relaxed we become. It’s a positive feed-back loop.
I can remember being on a skiing course with Sally Chapman donkey’s years ago when I was learning. While static she got me to very closely examine the tips of my skis – every scratch, every dimple. Took ages. Then she said – “Right! Now you know what they look like, stop inspecting them as you ski!” My daughter does show-jumping for fun and says her trainer says the same about her horse’s ears ! Continue reading →
Ski In Control is the name of my new book at last published through and available from Amazon, or directly from me. Paperback £12.95 postage paid, or Kindle Edition £8.99
Tom Stiansen, World Slalom Champion says “This is a great book specially for recreational skiers. It’s a good tool for them”.
Front cover of Bob’s new booki
Ski In Control has helped the very large percentage of the hundreds of skiers I have coached to develop real confidence. They had all given up on ski schools very early on in their skiing experience because it got them nowhere.
I wrote Ski In Control specifically for recreational skiers – folk who have largely got fed up with ski schools. In it I explain why that happens. I show you why once you can “sort of” do it ski schools generally inhibit your progress. Folk then tend to blame themselves for not getting better, when in fact they are not the reason. In truth virtually everybody has the capacity to become an expert skier. That applies irrespective of your age, your gender, or your experience.
Don’t give up. There’s no need to. You genuinely have the potential.
Two folk recently wrote to me to say “If it hadn’t been for you Bob I would have given up”. There’s no need to give up or despair, read on …
Ski in Control is the title of my about-to-be-published new book. At last!
I am just waiting for a rejection letter from the final publisher. Once I have that I can go ahead with publishing it myself on Kindle and other platforms ! Provided I can summon up the relevant expertise – it’s a bit of a slog.
This extract just introduces how it goes about its job of helping skiers Ski In Control on any piste, anywhere, any conditions. Which is what most skiers want, and few skiers fully achieve. But which it is my belief all could.
I recently came across a quotation by Mahatma Ghandi –
Your beliefs become your thoughts
Your thoughts become your words
Your words become your actions
Your actions become your habits
Your habits become your destiny
It took me years to realise that you will never develop skillful controlled skiing – or anything else physical – by watching an expert do it. Or looking at pictures of experts doing it.
Ghandi’s observation may seem at first a little high-falutin’ for a book on skiing, but all my ski coaching experience shows it is fundamental to changing your skiing. Let’s work our way back up it from the bottom. Continue reading →
Took me years to realise that you will never develop skilful controlled skiing – or anything else physical – by watching an expert do it, or looking at pictures. In fact the very worst thing you can do is watch an expert. It’s depressing, because you can’t see what they are really doing. That’s why on our skiing courses we spend a lot of time on the understandings.
Skilful skiing – not learnt by watching others.
If you could learn by watching I could play concert piano like Ashkenazy, and golf like Tiger Woods. Whereas in fact, I can play concert piano like Tiger Woods, and golf like Validimir Ashkenazy !
Anybody can become a skilful controlled skier. Anybody. It is nonsense to suppose that only “born athletes” (there is no such thing ) can do it. The potential to become a first rate skier does not suddenly atrophy when you get to forty. Neither is it closed off to you if you are born female. Anybody can do it and it is never too late. What you need is a better style of teaching and learning than most people get access to. Usually something with a bit less “gung-ho”. Continue reading →